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When Typhoon Yolanda (also known as Typhoon Haiyan) slammed into The Philippines last November, its devastating impact underscored the need to manage our responses to natural disasters more effectively. That is why IBM collaborated with the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and trusted business partners immediately following the storm to develop an Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for emergency management, and an Integrated Communications System (ICS) to enable the coordination of relief efforts across numerous government agencies. On May 29, 2014, IBM was proud to hand over the IOC and ICS to the people of The Philippines. 

IBM in The Philippines President and Country General Manager Mariels Almeda Winhoffer transfers ownership of the Intelligent Operations Center and Integrated Communications System to the Philippine Department of Science and Technology.

IBM in The Philippines President and Country General Manager Mariels Almeda Winhoffer transfers ownership of the Intelligent Operations Center and Integrated Communications System to the Philippine Department of Science and Technology.

INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Intelligent Operations Center for Emergency Management

Enabled by an IBM Impact Grant of technology and services, the integrated operations and communications systems will allow the DOST to aggregate data from disparate sources, provide emergency managers with advance warnings for extreme weather events, and gather breaking information on disaster conditions from first responders. In addition, the new systems will use data analytics to enable more sophisticated disaster scenario planning that will help integrate and streamline responses.

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Although as many as 80 percent of Ghanaian women seek prenatal care, HIV testing is often deferred due to a lack of public awareness, limited access to diagnostic tests and cultural stigma. As a tragic result, Ghana is among the world’s 22 countries with the highest burden of HIV infection in pregnant women. But Ghana is fighting back. President John Dramani Mahama recently announced the formation of a global consortium to reduce Ghana’s mother-to-child HIV transmission rate to less than one percent by 2020.

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A critical component of the success of this vital mission will be Ghana’s collaboration with researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and expert strategists from the IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC). Using advanced IBM Data Analytics and SmartCloud infrastructure, the CSC/Yale School of Medicine team will work with Ghanaian policy makers and health care experts to design the first phase of shutting down mother-to-child HIV infection for good.

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Today is Earth Day, when the world recognizes ways to make our planet greener and more environmentally sustainable. Unfortunately, the way the world works isn’t smart enough to be sustainable.

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However, signs of a smarter planet have been popping up everywhere. Organizations around the world are turning too much data into better decisions. The walls between companies and customers are diminishing. So are the walls between technologies, industries and fields of expertise.

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It’s been years since we learned that the world is “flat” and that all enterprises – whether commercial, governmental or non-profit – are globally connected. But what we’re still learning in this era of global integration is how to prepare the next generation of leaders to realize what we characterize as the triple benefit – developing their skills while solving communities’ problems and opening new markets. This isn’t just a “business” problem.
It’s an issue that impacts – and will shape the future of – almost every human endeavor
on the planet.

From right: PYXERA Global CEO Deirdre White, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Vice President Stanley S. Litow, and moderator Nina Easton discuss "Shared Value -- Forging a Pathway of Partnership" at the PYXERA Global 5th Anniversary ICV Conference.

From right: PYXERA Global CEO Deirdre White, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Vice President Stanley S. Litow, and moderator Nina Easton discuss “Shared Value — Forging a Pathway of Partnership” at the PYXERA Global 5th Anniversary ICV Conference.

Running our cities, educating our children, protecting our health and sustaining our environment are just some of the world’s critical challenges that no single company or  economic sector can address or solve alone. Mastering the world’s challenges requires the world’s collective intelligence and expertise and true collaboration. That’s why legacy models of top-down corporate philanthropy have become obsolete. In their place have arisen innovative approaches to transforming the ways we interact, learn and lead. At IBM, these approaches involve maximizing the value of our most important assets – the time and talent of our employees – versus merely donating our excess cash.

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February 13th, 2014
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Today’s TIME Magazine cover story on IBM’s P-TECH-model school in Chicago is an across-the-board validation of everything that we and our partners in education and government are working to achieve:

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  • Transforming America’s approach to education and employment through innovation
    and leadership
  • Contributing time, technology and expertise (not just cash) to affect meaningful and sustainable change
  • Placing the needs of our clients – young people anxious to learn and succeed – first

The story of Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy on Chicago’s South Side, and the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, New York is the story of a groundswell movement to break the cycle of poverty, rescue a generation (and a nation) from an uncertain future, and blaze a pathway to success that others can follow.

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I recently had the privilege of visiting the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy on the south side of Chicago. Sarah Goode is a grades 9 through 14 P-TECH-model school that prepares students with the academic background and workplace skills they’ll need to enter industry or continue their educations. One of the most popular sayings at the school is “We Are Innovators!” I couldn’t agree more. But while innovation is pervasive at Goode, there also are invigorating doses of optimism and excitement among the students, staff and community. Educators and employers working together to connect training more directly to jobs is an idea whose time has come, and we should all be proud of what IBM, the Chicago Public Schools and Richard J. Daley College of the City Colleges of Chicago have accomplished – as well as the opportunities that lie ahead for Goode’s students.

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I’d like to thank the dedicated IBMers who helped with my visit and who are critical to the success of Sarah Goode. These subject matter experts – along with the Chicago area IBMers who volunteer their time to mentor every student at the school – work tirelessly to serve the community through this program. They are wonderful representatives of the IBM company, and personify our company’s longstanding culture of service. IBM’s P-TECH-model schools in Chicago and New York are deservedly getting lots of good press, but it’s those who volunteer their time and expertise who help translate visions and ideas into positive outcomes that make our world a better place.

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I’m always excited to witness the results of collaboration. When people work together across boundaries – focusing their energies on big-ticket problems that no single group can overcome alone – the results can change the world. We see it when governments collaborate with their citizens, and now we’re about to see it in the collaboration between IBM and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to create the world’s largest and most comprehensive cancer patient registry.

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The joint effort will begin in sub-Saharan Africa, where less than 1 percent of the region’s
1 billion-plus population is included in a cancer registry. Registries provide governments, health workers and researchers with the data they need to develop, deploy and evaluate effective policies for cancer control. More immediately, cancer registries save lives by giving health care providers the information they need for intervention and customized care.

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November 18th, 2013
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On Tuesday, November 19, I testified before the full U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee on the importance of improving the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to better prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs. This is the major source of federal support in the U.S. for career and technical education (CTE).

Congressman John Kline, Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, with IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Stanley S. Litow

Congressman John Kline, Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, with IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Stanley S. Litow

CATCH THE REPLAY:
Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs:
Improving the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

You can contribute to the ongoing conversation on this topic by using hashtag #perkinsIBM.

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Just days before today’s conference in North Carolina about giving all high schoolers early access to college and skills and a pathway to careers, President Obama gave the concept a boost by visiting a school in New York City that epitomizes the positive aspects of the “early college” movement but also advances the model. When I talk to 500 educators, policymakers and educators today at the National Early College Conference, co-hosted by Jobs for the Future and North Carolina New Schools, I will explain why this innovative education model has captured so much interest and why it takes the promising model of early college to the next level.

Catch the livestream of my talk today at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, and read my op-ed in today’s Raleigh News & Observer about this important issue.

Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of the IBM International Foundation. Mr. Litow is a former Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools.

Related Resources:

Livestream of Mr. Litow’s NECC Address

Raleigh News & Observer: Taking the Early College Concept a Step Further
in NC

President Obama Visits P-TECH

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October 25th, 2013
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President Barack Obama addressed the students and faculty of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn, New York on Friday,
October 25, 2013.

Replay of President Obama’s P-TECH Speech (via New York Times)

In his February State of the Union address, the President praised the academic rigor and job-force relevance of P-TECH, saying “We need to give every American student opportunities like this.” To help make that happen, Mr. Obama’s 2014 budget includes a $300 million investment to help America regain the lead in college attainment and ensure the creation of a productive pathway from high school to college and career.

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Opened in September 2011, P-TECH is a collaboration among the New York City Public Schools, The City University of New York and IBM. An open-admissions, grades 9 – 14 institution, P-TECH provides a rigorous academic and workplace skills curriculum leading to a no-cost associate degree in technology and preferential consideration for jobs at IBM. The P-TECH model has been so successful that five similar schools have opened in Chicago, four more are planned for New York City, and New York State will rollout 16 new P-TECH-model schools in 2014.

Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of the IBM International Foundation. Mr. Litow is a former Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools.

Related Resources:

Watch President Obama’s Speech (replay via New York Times)

Transcript: Remarks by the President on Investing in America’s Future

Follow @citizenIBM on Twitter

Learn More About IBM and P-TECH

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